Check out Part One and Part Two of this series.
This was originally going to be just a two-part piece about the building of the 1970s Pirates, but in the course of writing Part Two I got interested in the trades they made during the decade. Consequently, I decided to summarize all the trades they made during the 1970s that involved players who had major league careers of any significance after the trades. This is a long list and I didn’t try to quantify things, like calculating net Wins Above Replacement (WAR) or anything. I just tried to give a capsule look at the results. I think some patterns emerge, though.
For one, there weren’t many blockbuster deals that turned out extremely well or extremely badly. The only massive fleecing was the Doc Medich fiasco, although the Bob Johnson ...
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